'Free James Island' to hold public meeting tonight

By Tessa

CHARLESTON, S. C. (WCIV) -- James Island residents will get to hear arguments for becoming a town during a public meeting held by Free James Island tonight.

Residents have varying opinions on incorporating. Oscar Green, a James Island resident,{}thinks{}it should remain as is and that{}"Riley just wants to take over James Island."

Green added that Mayor Riley has enough to worry about on the peninsula, namely the drainage issue.

"I think they should try to clear that before they try to take over James Island," Green said.

And then there are smaller issues, like trash pick-up. One resident likes the fact that James Island picks up trash twice-a-week versus Charleston's once-a-week service.

Town supporters will head to the polls on April 24th to vote yes or no on the incorporation question. This will be James Island's fourth attempt at becoming its own town.

Tonight's public meeting will be held at the Department of Natural Resources auditorium on Ft. Johnson Road from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Representatives from the sheriff's office and P.S.D. will be on site to answer questions.

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